[Translate to English:] International Summer Camp in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Mittelbau-Dora 2017. Foto: KZ-Gedenkstätte Mittelbau-Dora

International study- and workcamp at the Mittelbau-Dora and Buchenwald concentration camp memorial sites

20.09. - 03.10.2020, Registrations possible until 11.9.2020

For many years, Service Civil International (SCI) has been conducting study- and work-camps on the grounds of the former Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps, in which participants not only play a practical role in the preservation of the me-morial sites and individual site-specific remembrance projects (more on this below), but also have extensive opportunities to deal with aspects of local history and current social issues of interest to them.

The Project:

This year, due to the pandemic situation, a joint project will take place and we cordially invite you to register for it. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know two memorial sites and the surrounding cities, their history and present in workshops, joint tours and exhibition visits, during archive research and much more.

In the 1st part of the programme (20. – 27.09.) at the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp memorial site in Nordhausen, we will deal with central aspects of the National Socialist ideology and the concentration camp system from 1943 onwards. This year's main focus will be on various forms of forced labour in the concentration camps, its conse-quences for the prisoners in the camps, as well as questions about responsibilities and their significance for the present.
The practical work will be based on the barracks-labelling project of recent years. For this purpose, the remaining traces in the area will be marked and made visible and the ground plans of former buildings will be marked. Within this framework, care and mainte-nance measures will be carried out.

For the 2nd part of the programme (27.09. – 03.10.) at the Buchenwald Memorial near Weimar, the formation of a "German national community" and the development of the concentration camp system since 1937 will be the central themes. In addition, further examples will address the diversity of forced labour in and outside concentration camps and reflect on the concept of work in modern societies (in crisis). We also leave an "open space" this week for your own topics and ideas. Perhaps interesting here: to learn more about your country-specific perspectives on historical events, which may well go beyond the year 1945.
Practically, we will work on the "Buchenwaldbahn Memorial Trail" and, in addition to very important conservation work, we will produce memorial stones here that comme-morate children and young people who were deported to Auschwitz and murdered there.

In addition to the content and practical program points in the memorial sites, we would like to explore Nordhausen in the form of a thematic city tour and northern Thuringia with a tour to some former Mittelbau-Dora sub-camps. In Weimar, near Buchenwald, we will ask how these concentration camps functioned and what role the towns surrounding them and their inhabitants played in this.
Due to the internationality of the respective prisoner groups, we will be able to take a broad European perspective when looking at history. Excursions, including to Erfurt, the capi-tal of Thuringia, are also integrated into the programme. As far as the pandemic situation allows, we would like to go on hikes, visit parks, take pub crawls and much more - to spend an interesting and varied time together.
The participants are very welcome to take self-initiative, as far as the programme design is concerned!

Please register until 11.09.2020 via https://workcamps.sci.ngo/icamps/DE-SCI/de/camp-details/camp-14519.html. For further information please contact the SCI at  incoming(at)sci-d(dot)de or call +49 228 21 20 87. 

Here you will find further organisational information in German and English.

All questions concerning the program and accommodation will be answered:
For the 1st week of the program: Jan Lormis jlormis(at)dora(dot)de (Tel. +49 3631 495 824)
For the 2nd week of the program: Jan Malecha jmalecha(at)buchenwald(dot)de (Tel. +49 3643 430 115)
We will also be accompanied by SCI teamers who will get in touch with you in advance.

Detailed information on the history and present of the Mittelbau-Dora and Buchenwald Memorials can be found here in English, German and French: https://www.buchenwald.de/nc/896/